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PhD Thesis Prize 2021

Many congratulations to Drs Elena Cukanovaite, James Gott and Samuele Ferracin, for their success in the 2021 PhD Thesis Prize competition. Elena won the Winton Prize for Astrophysics, James was awarded the Springer Thesis Prize, while Samuele is the recipient of the Faculty of Science and Department of Physics Thesis prize. Read on for more details about the prizes and their research.


Academic promotions

Congratulations to the following members of Physics staff on their promotions:

  • David Brown (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Aruni Fonseka (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Paul Strom (Senior Research Fellow)
  • David Armstrong (Associate Professor)
  • Anne-Marie Broomhall (Associate Professor)
  • Andrew Howes (Associate Professor)
  • Elizabeth Stanway (Reader)

All promotions are with effect from 1 August 2021.


Joe Lyman awarded Future Leaders Fellowship

Dr Joseph Lyman of the Astronomy and Astrophysics group is one of four Warwick academics to receive a highly-prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in the third round of awards.

lymanJoe's project, titled "New frontiers in transient astrophysics: gravitational-wave multi-messenger events and exotic stellar explosions", is devoted to furthering our understanding of the changing night sky. Astrophysical transients, in the form of exploding stars as supernovae, and merging neutron stars as gravitational-wave events, are some of the most energetic events in the Universe and probe physics under conditions far beyond our capabilities on Earth.

As we don't know where or when these events will occur, the fellowship will develop and exploit the Warwick-led Gravitational wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO) project as a discovery machine to find new and exotic transients. It will also create of a rapid network of telescope facilities to follow these GOTO discoveries, making it possible to take detailed observations almost immediately after discovery, and allowing us to open new windows in study of these extreme explosions.

Joe joins Dr Heather Cegla and Dr Benjamin Richards as Future Leaders Fellows in the Department of Physics. See https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/ukri_fellowships_awarded_to_four_university_of_warwick_academics1 for a Warwick press release.

Thu 23 Apr 2020, 11:00 | Tags: Feature News, announcements, Postdocs and Researchers, Awards

"Pint of Science" returns to Coventry for 2019

Staff and students from the Physics department will again contribute to Coventry's "Pint of Science" festival this year, to be held from 20-22 May in venues around the city. Departmental representatives include Jessica Marshall, Matthew Hoskin, Sam Seddon, Tishtrya Mehta, and Alun Rees.


Easter Planetarium shows

17, 19 & 21 April

Experience a show in the Physics inflatable planetarium and hear from the Warwick astronomers who use it to deliver outreach.

Free; booking is essential.


Departmental Promotions

Congratulations are offered to:

  • Anne-Marie Broomhall and Dmitri Veras on their promotions to Senior Research Fellow
  • Richard West on his promotion to Principal Research Fellow
  • Rachel Edwards, Yorck Ramachers and Neil Wilson on their promotions to Reader

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